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Obituary: Olan Edward Thomas Sept. 10, 1923 – Feb. 12, 2017

on February 15, 2017 - 3:16pm

OLAN EDWARD THOMAS Sept. 10, 1923 – Feb. 12, 2017

Olan Edward Thomas died Feb. 12, 2017 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Services for Olan will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at the Daniels Funeral Home at 7601 Wyoming Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.


Tourism Commission Meeting Underway At Fuller Lodge

on February 15, 2017 - 2:40pm

Letter To The Editor: In Los Alamos Thoughtful Inquiry And Rational Discourse Are Expected And Required

on February 15, 2017 - 8:17am
McMinnville, Ore.
Los Alamos resident 1986-2014
I was dismayed to read Gerald Antos’s one sentence “letter” written in response to a critique of our government, advising the letter writer that if “you don’t like it (the United States), then leave it."
Los Alamos is a town where thoughtful inquiry and rational discourse are not just expected, but required. Mr. Antos’s comments run contrary not only to the ethos of Los Alamos, but to the foundations of our nation. We question, we criticize, and we eventually come to resolution.

Legislators Unveil Plan To Reboot State Tax Code

on February 15, 2017 - 7:54am


SNATA Fe – Today a bipartisan group of legislators introduced their bill to reform New Mexico’s sales tax structure. Their plan, House Bill 412, also called the New Mexico Tax Reform Act, aims to simplify the state’s Gross Receipt Tax (GRT) on sales and services and make it more competitive with surrounding states.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval), Sen. John Arthur Smith (D-Luna) and Sen. Carlos Cisneros (D-Taos).

New Mexico is one of only two states that uses a GRT, and it is often rated as one of the worst consumption taxes in the country.

Los Alamos Students Bring Home Trophies From First Lego League Regional Championship

on February 15, 2017 - 7:45am

Atomic Phoenixes, from left, Silas Morgan, Malcolm Olsen, Sara Tompkins, Erik Werkhoven and Annika Olsen. Photo by Jennifer Olsen

FLL News:

Students from Los Alamos were among the 36 teams competing Saturday, Feb. 11 in the First Lego League New Mexico Region Championship at Menual School in Albuquerque.

Both teams, the Atomic Phoenixes (#3819) and the Split Atoms (#5639) advanced from the Los Alamos Qualifier where 15 teams from New Mexico and Colorado competed for five championship slots.

The Atomic Phoenixes brought home the 1st place Programming Award, and the Split Atoms brought home

Khalsa Acupuncture Office Closes In Los Alamos

on February 15, 2017 - 7:23am

Dr. Khalsa explains a wellness concept to visitors to his booth during the 2016 Health Fair in September at Griffth Gymnasium. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Well this is certainly not the email we had hoped to send out...

As it turns out, Dr. Khalsa's pneumonia was only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. After several weeks of his health and strength continuing to decline he has now been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that is attacking his kidneys, and the treatment for it is kidney dialysis!

Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes In VCNP This Month

on February 15, 2017 - 7:06am
In January, snowshoers visited a historic building and observed the elegant frozen landscape in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jonathan Creel
PEEC News:
The Valles Caldera is coated in snow and open for people to explore its frozen beauty.
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes this winter.
The next hike is 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and will be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

FBI: Man Wearing Indiana University Sweatshirt, Cap With Paw Logo, Robs Santa Fe Bank

on February 15, 2017 - 7:03am
FBI News:
A man wearing a red Indiana University sweatshirt robbed a bank Saturday, Feb. 4 in Santa Fe.
The robbery occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m. at First National Bank, 2021 Cerrillos Road. The suspect is described as a heavy-set white male in his 50s, with gray and white hair.
He wore a black baseball cap with a white paw logo, a red hooded Indiana University sweatshirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Witnesses said the suspect entered the bank, displayed a small handgun, and demanded money from a teller.
The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to

Gun Laws And Statistics: A Sometimes Toxic Mix

on February 15, 2017 - 6:59am
Los Alamos

Elena Giorgi  states the oft-repeated claim that "states that have closed the loopholes have seen a huge reduction in gun homicide." I wish Ms. Giorgi and others would cite their sources for these claims because as far as I know, there is no evidence of such a huge cause and effect between closing private sales "gun show loopholes" and seeing resulting "huge" reductions in gun crime. Indeed, states with so-called "weak" gun laws range from those with very high gun homicide statistics to some having the lowest gun homicide rates.

Indeed, one can look closer to

Fancy Fiddles Auction Sample #3

on February 15, 2017 - 6:51am

This instrument, titled Fiddler Crab, and 45 others will be on offer at the Fancy Fiddles Auction beginning at 2 p.m., Feb. 18 in Fuller Lodge. Silent bidding is underway now at Village Arts Framing on DP Road. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Public Schools orchestra program. Click here for details. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

‘Uncommon Valour: The Battle For Iwo Jima’ Sunday

on February 15, 2017 - 6:47am

World War II historian and author Historian Nancy Bartlit


Historian Nancy Bartlit and Manhattan Project National Historical Park interpretive ranger Kirk Singer will host a showing of the Canadian documentary Uncommon Valour: The Battle for Iwo Jima at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, which is the anniversary of the invasion of Iwo Jima.

The late Bill Hudson, a former Marine and Los Alamos High School swim coach, is featured in the film. Hudson made a practice of showing this film each year at the Library.

Daily Postcard: Early Morning Light

on February 15, 2017 - 6:41am

Daily Postcard: Early morning light wakes up Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Split Atoms Win Lego League Robotics Competition

on February 14, 2017 - 9:40pm

Los Alamos Lego League Robotics team, the Split Atoms, won 1st place in Robot Performance at the recent New Mexico Region Championship. This win entitles the team to go on to a national open invitational tournament. Go Split Atoms! Team members from top left, Ben Segler, Keith Bridge, Nate Golden, David Puckett, Beck Ellis and Willow Golden. Photo by Jeff Segler

New Mexico Voyeurism Bill Dies In House Committee

on February 14, 2017 - 9:28pm


SANTA FE – This afternoon the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee tabled a bill to expand the definition of voyeurism. The legislation is sponsored by Reps. Sharon Clahchischilliage (R-San Juan) and Monica Youngblood (R-Bernalillo).

House Bill 159 would add attempted acts of voyeurism of victims age 18 or older to the New Mexico criminal code. The bill also would make attempted voyeurism of a minor a fourth-degree felony. Currently, attempted voyeurism of a minor is a misdemeanor and attempted voyeurism of an adult is not a crime.

Under existing law, an

Ice Melts As Season Draws To Close At Local Rink

on February 14, 2017 - 4:47pm

As the days grow warmer the ice is beginning to melt at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. This happens each year around this time explains Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Chris Wilson. The rink typically closes for the season near the Presidents Day weekend or the week after. 'The user groups work with us very well this time of year. It is always safety first certainly, and sometimes we reschedule activities for later in the day as needed,' Wilson said. Photo by James Chrobocinski

Los Alamos ice rink. Photo by James Chrobocinski

Los Alamos ice rink.

Obituary: Raymond ‘Ray’ D. Pacheco

on February 14, 2017 - 4:17pm

RAYMOND ‘RAY’ D. PACHECO July 20, 1967 – Feb. 10, 2017

Raymond “Ray” D. Pacheco passed away at UNMH on February 10, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones by his side. Ray was born in Los Alamos, NM. He graduated from Los Alamos High School as a “Hilltopper”. He continued his education at NMSU with a BA in Finance. At the time of his passing he resided in Santa Fe, NM.

He had many interests: music, motorcyles, reading and enjoying his furry companions, Tank and Sassy (previous Akitas – Kimo, Sumo, and Daisey).

Growing up in Los Alamos, his younger years were so much fun.


Peer-To-Peer Grief Group Starts Wednesday

on February 14, 2017 - 3:40pm


Heinrich Demands Answers On Trump Administration's Handling Of Classified Information

on February 14, 2017 - 2:34pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

In a letter sent to Acting Director of National Intelligence, Heinrich asks for answers regarding the process used to grant access to classified information.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, is calling into question the manner in which the Trump Administration has been accessing and handling sensitive and classified information.

“We’ve seen a pattern of carelessness and lack of accountability from this administration that puts our

Don Villa's Restaurant To Reopen In White Rock!

on February 14, 2017 - 2:02pm

The talk around town that Don Villa's Restaurant in White Rock has closed for good turns out to be false. Owner Geronimo Villa just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he intends to reopen his eatery at 11 Sherwood Blvd., next month. Villa explained that he temporarily closed his restaurant while he took care of a health issue but expects to be back on his feet very soon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Burritos are a popular menu item at Don Villa's Restaurant in White Rock, which is set to reopen in March. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community Development Dept. Remodel Underway

on February 14, 2017 - 1:14pm

Workers with Santa Fe Specialties are renovating the Community Development Department's front office today inside the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. CDD Director Paul Andrus decided to launch the remodel to enhance customer access to the permitting section in the front of the office. The work is expected to be completed this week. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

IRS: Avoid The Rush; Use Website For Quick Answers

on February 14, 2017 - 1:14pm
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service recently reminded taxpayers that the next couple of weeks, especially around Presidents’ Day, marks the busiest time of year for IRS toll-free phone services. Taxpayers can avoid the rush by getting answers to their questions on
The IRS will be issuing an “Avoid the Rush” series of news releases that provide tips related to the most common questions asked by taxpayers during the February peak.
The IRS will staff its toll-free telephone service Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., callers’ local time, and Monday, Feb.

Judge Orders Convicted Drug Trafficker Joshua Krepps Of Los Alamos To Spend Three Years In Prison

on February 14, 2017 - 12:45pm
Convicted drug trafficker Joshua Krepps listens to testimony by LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris prior to his sentencing Monday in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Assistant District Attorney Johnn Osborn in district court Monday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos
  • Local ‘One-man Crime Wave’ Gets Three Years In Prison

He said his concern is for LAPD officers responding to his residence, to the victims of these calls, and that having officers and mentors “having

Library Announces Spring Book Club Hillermania

on February 14, 2017 - 11:35am
Author Anne Hillerman at a previous book signing. Courtesy photo


Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to talk to someone about the latest book you’re reading? The Los Alamos County Library System is coordinating just such an event with its Spring Book Club. The library is taking the opportunity to catch up on Anne Hillerman mysteries, Spider Woman’s Daughter and Rock With Wings, so that when Hillerman comes out with her newest book they will be ready to roll.

The libraries have gotten several copies of the first two mysteries, in all kinds of formats, including large print, audiobook

History Of Cosmic Distance Measurements And Black Holes At Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on February 14, 2017 - 10:36am
PEEC News:
How do we know how far away the Sun is, or the stars?
Dr. Paul Arendt will discuss answers to this and other questions and explore the history of cosmic distance at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
This is the first show in a two-part series exploring the cosmic distance scale and the age of the Universe. The second show in this series is the following Friday, Feb. 24, where Dr. Rick Wallace continue the journey started by Dr. Paul Arendt in a show called Aging the Universe.
The film Black Holes will take attendees on a

projectY Hosts Book Reading For Kids Feb. 18

on February 14, 2017 - 10:31am